Monday, October 27, 2008

United Airlines begins daily non-stop Washington-Dubai service

United Airlines Boeing 777United Airlines has begun daily non-stop service between Washington, DC and Dubai. The inaugural flight, which departed Washington's Dulles International Airport last evening, October, 26, 2008, marks the first-ever non-stop service between the two cities.

United will operate Boeing 777 aircraft on the route, offering combined passenger and cargo service. The passenger features four different seating selections: United First, United Business, Economy Plus and Economy. In addition, the B777 aircraft has the capability to carry about 15 tons of cargo from Washington Dulles to Dubai and about 7 tons of cargo from Dubai to Washington Dulles, according to United.

In a press release about the new service, Kevin Knight, United's senior vice president-Planning, said, "Dubai is one of the fastest growing tourist and commercial centers in the Middle East. This route answers customer demand for more convenient, nonstop service to the Middle East and strengthens our international network by connecting these important cities like never before."

Dubai is the second Middle East destination served by United from Washington, DC. The airline also offers non-stop service between Washington and Kuwait.